Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the 10 titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Summer Previews for the best books coming out this season.
The Queen of the Tearling introduced readers to Kelsea Raleign Glynn, a princess who had been kept in hiding until she was 19 and ready to rule. Kelsea had her hands full in the first book (between a usurping uncle and archaic practices that treated people like cattle), but in this highly anticipated sequel, this lost princess must rise to help defend her land from the invading forces of Mort. It’s a summer read not to be missed.
After graduating from college, Ingrid spent years traveling the globe. But after having her heart broken, she decides to travel to her father’s farm in Fresno for some peace and space. With her father’s health worsening, Ingrid takes the helm and begins working the land herself, preparing to sell the grapes to Felix, who buys grapes from other farmers to make wine. A sweet tale about family, this is best enjoyed with a glass of wine in hand.
Take in a breath and get ready to relax with this incredible history of the life of Indra Devi, the woman who brought yoga to the West. Born in Latvia, Indra first encountered Indian spirituality while in Berlin. From there, she traveled to India and immersed herself in the study of yoga. This was no easy feat, considering that women were prohibited from participating. But a little charm and passion go a long way, and Indra was able to find teachers who welcomed her involvement. When she moved to Shanghai with her husband, she started teaching yoga and the rest, as they say, is history.
A great read to throw in your beach bag, this young adult tale centers on Audrey, a teenager with a severe anxiety disorder. Meeting frequently with her therapist, Audrey slowly begins to climb back out of her shell. Her progress is slow and steady until she meets Linus and he encourages her to really push her boundaries and find comfort in her own skin. This is a sensitively-told summer read from Shopaholic’s Sophie Kinsella.
Author Martin Clark is a Virginia circuit court judge, meaning he knows his way around a courtroom, and his fourth legal thriller proves he knows his fictional felonies just as well. When Lisa and Joe Stone (partners in law and marriage) find that their client Lettie VanSandt has died in a house fire, they assume it could have been a cooking-meth related accident. But as they dig deeper, arson and murder begin to make more sense than an accident. While trying to solve the case, Lisa continues to struggle with a secret she’s kept from Joe, one that could ruin everything they’ve worked to build together.
Featured in our Summer Romance Preview, Mary Balogh’s latest brings together a couple looking for a marriage of convenience rather than love. Chloe Muirhead is finished with London. A life in the countryside sounds ideal after an embarrassing season that dashed any hopes she had of finding a match. When she meets Ralph Stockwood, a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars who is being pressured by his family to find a match, she strikes up a bargain. She’ll marry him to keep his family happy, if he’ll promise not to take her back to London. Ralph can think of nothing worse than the bustling city after years at war, so he agrees. But, as the title suggests, some promises are made to be broken.
In 2008, Kristen Green discovered that her grandfather had fought loudly against the integration of Prince Edward public schools. As she began researching her own background, Green uncovered more about this pivotal moment in the civil rights movement, such as the fact that even after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of integration, the county’s all-white academy took 22 years to follow through. Green’s book covers personal and political ground in this book about an ordinary town’s reaction to the civil rights movement.
There’s more delicious drama in store for fans of the Reverend Curtis Black series. Just as Alicia is preparing to remarry Phillip, her ex Levi reaches out to her. It was easy to avoid Levi while he was in prison, but now that he’s back in touch, Alicia can’t help but wonder if he’s really who she’s supposed to be with. She risked her marriage to Phillip once for Levi—will she do it again?
If you know a middle schooler who is anxiously counting down until Jurassic World hits theaters, this book might be the perfect distraction. Eleven-year-old Martin thinks he’s found a lizard egg in the forest, but once it hatches and begins growing, it’s clear that it’s less of a lizard and more of a dinosaur… a tyrannosaurus rex, in fact. Thankfully, the dino (who Martin names Rufus) is fairly docile and obedient. Chaos ensues once people realize that a young boy has a real dinosaur living with him, but Martin can’t wait for the bullies at his school to get a look at his intimidating pet.
As Sarah Dessen once said, “Life is an awful, ugly place not to have a best friend.” The narrator of this picture book, a young girl, used to be best friends with James. But that was before she heard that James had told Aiden (who told Hunter, who told Katie, who told Dante) that she thinks she’s perfect. As if! Being angry comes easily at first, though as the school days wears on, this little girl begins to get awfully lonely.